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National’s housing spokesperson Michael Woodhouse – delusional or outright fibber?

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The recent Housing Report reveals National’s ineptitude when it came to homelessness and housing unaffordability. Even retiring baby-boomers do not escape National’s incompetence when it came to unrestrained migration; insufficient housing stock; spiralling speculation; and poorly-planned infrastructure to cope with a rising population;

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National continues to panic on housing crisis as election day looms

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

National’s “grand plans” for 220 new social and transitional places remains woefully short of the 1,138 houses that National sold off to IHC’s Accessible Properties at the end of March. It is also unclear what is meant by ” transitional places”. Are these actual houses? Or motel units, à la Auckland-style;

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DAILY BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Auckland Housing Crisis Special Investigation – Homeless using after hour Bunnings Carparks as home

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Why the bloody hell is New Zealand getting so unaffordable that an Australian companys carpark is the best help available to a growing number of our people?

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Popular reforms being stymied by National and Labour

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Politicians lose respect when they know something needs to be done but won’t do it for fear of losing a few votes.

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GUEST BLOG: Anonymous – the truth about the housing crisis in Auckland

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Every week over this wet winter I am being asked to fix substandard structures that are leaking that should not in any way be housing but are being populated by families, couples, the working poor who consist in equal measure of both people born here and recent non-wealthy migrants.

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Why you must protest the greed of The Block

By   /  August 5, 2016  /  Joe Carolan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

There is something deeply morally wrong about a small minority in our society making huge profits from non productive speculation, setting the economy up for a crash, whilst hard working people struggle to keep up with rack renting…

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MUST READ: Land and Shelter: Unpacking the Crisis

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Shelter is a human right, not a privilege. Private ownership of land is a privilege, not a human right. The debate is framed about getting ‘first-home buyers’ on the ‘property ladder’. Framing this as a right makes no more sense than having a debate about how to get people onto the ‘sharemarket ladder’.

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Paula Bennett sends 22 people on $5000 one way ticket out of Auckland – so housing crisis solved then?

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

So a mere 22 desperate people took up Paula Bennett’s obscene ‘solution’ to pay the poor $5000 to leave Auckland. Wow. 22. So with 10 000 homeless in Auckland, and let’s say 22 people leave Auckland each month under this plan, Paula Bennett will have eradicated homelessness in Auckland within 37 years. That’s not really […]

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Brexit, Sanders & Trump – why spooked rich listers are here to ‘save’ Auckland and NZ from their housing crisis

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Lot’s of rich people rushing to the corporate media to breathlessly tell us that they have the solutions to NZs Housing Crisis.

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EXCLUSIVE: State house sell-off in Tauranga unravelling?

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

In none of the Minister’s correspondence was he able to provide specifics as to where State houses were in the “wrong place”. The ‘best’ he could do was list five regions; Auckland East & South; Auckland North West & Central; South Island, Central North Island, and Lower North Island.

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Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social failure

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.

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Housing at the Heart of the Canterbury Rebuild

By   /  June 28, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Tony Milne  /  10 Comments

This is no more fundamental a responsibility of any Government than housing its people. Today Labour outlined a bold and ambitious plan to solve the Canterbury housing crisis and ensure that people have a roof over their heads.

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The moment the housing crisis in Christchurch could have been averted

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  6 Comments

The housing crisis was entirely predictable. Mike Coleman (and others) warned Gerry Brownlee and the Government. The Government has watched and waited and watched and waited and done nothing.

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Labour’s first 100 days vital for kick-starting the Canterbury recovery

By   /  May 7, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  9 Comments

There is a cacophony of voices speaking out against the National Government’s slow and mismanaged recovery.

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An acute shortage of emergency youth housing

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others.

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The Christchurch Housing Crisis

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  10 Comments

In late February Gerry Brownlee said on CTV show Lynched that there is no housing crisis. He went on to define a crisis as “something that requires urgent attention”. So does that mean that Gerry Brownlee believes housing in Christchurch does not require urgent attention?

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